Go Back   Tech Support Forum > Automotive Center > Small Engines

[SOLVED] Craftsman Rear Riding Mower won't engage

This is a discussion on [SOLVED] Craftsman Rear Riding Mower won't engage within the Small Engines forums, part of the Tech Support Forum category. Hello All, My mower is a Craftsman 13.5 HP 5 speed 30" inch blade rear riding engine. Model number is


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 11-13-2011, 09:22 AM   #1
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 5
OS: Windows 7



Hello All,

My mower is a Craftsman 13.5 HP 5 speed 30" inch blade rear riding engine. Model number is 536.270211 engine model 143 981300. I believe its about 12 years old. It has been running well despite the age. A couple of weeks ago while mowing it just stopped. I took a peek underneath and my drive belt broke. I ordered a new one and after quite a bit of work I got the new one on. I fired the engine up and could not get the mower to move. The blade works fine because that is of course on another belt. I had someone sit on it, the drive belt is spinning and its on there pretty snug. I am guessing that this has something to do with the clutch and/or transmission. I was just curious if there is anything else I should look at. Any input would be greatly appreciated. If you require more information, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you for any assistance anyone can give.

Charlene

__________________
ccasey3655 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2011, 08:17 AM   #2
Registered Member
 
2and4StrokeTech's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 63
OS: win XP SP3



Did you, by chance, remove either rear wheel while you replaced the belt? If so the wheel "key" (a square rod about an inch long) might have fallen out when your put the wheel back on. Without the keys in both wheels the drive shaft will just spin within the wheel and you wont move.

__________________
2and4StrokeTech is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2011, 08:50 PM   #3
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 5
OS: Windows 7



I did remove the tires, but I put those pins back in. Is there a way they are supposed to be in there. I actually took both wheels off to get a better look at things underneath, but I saw both of those rods and I am pretty sure I put them back on correctly. I will check those when I get a chance. Thank you so much for the suggestion.
__________________
ccasey3655 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2011, 01:41 PM   #4
Registered Member
 
2and4StrokeTech's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 63
OS: win XP SP3



to properly install them, you mount the rim on the drive shaft, rotate the rim until the slots line up then install the key. If you put the key into one of the slots (either rim or shaft) then put the rim on the drive shaft, the key will usually fall out.
__________________
2and4StrokeTech is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2011, 07:54 AM   #5
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 5
OS: Windows 7



I'm feeling rather stupid at this point. I do believe that will do the trick. The problem is, one of the keys fell out somewhere in my yard!!! With all the leaves right now it would be a needle in a haystack to find. Its the first time I had to remove one of the tires, so I will claim ignorance to properly putting them back on. I am going to check the sears parts online site to see if I can order 1 or maybe 2 in case I mess up in the future.

I fixed one then started it up. I leaned over to the left and saw it spinning. So hopefully that is all it is. It will probably take a week to get it from sears, so I will update you if I have success. Thank you so much. I would have never thought that little piece of metal would bring the mower to a stand still!!!!
__________________
ccasey3655 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2011, 09:50 AM   #6
Moderator Offline
 
Basementgeek's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Ohio, USA
Posts: 11,673
OS: XP Pro SP3/Vista Ultimate SP2/Win7 64 bit



Hi:

They are available, part #69

http://www.searspartsdirect.com/part...dMod=536270211

Also get a pack of No.72 snap rings. They are very easy to loose.

BG
__________________

ASAP member since 2006

Four boxes keep us free: the soap box, the ballot box, the jury box, and the cartridge box.

Basementgeek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2011, 05:14 PM   #7
Registered Member
 
2and4StrokeTech's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 63
OS: win XP SP3



Just for future reference, you can buy square "stock" in various sizes and in 1', 2' & 3' lengths at most hardware stores for about $4 per foot.
__________________
2and4StrokeTech is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2011, 05:31 AM   #8
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 5
OS: Windows 7


Too bad! I ordered 2 from sears for 2.50 each which isn't bad. The damn shipping kills ya at 7.99! Lesson learned! Hopefully it fixes the issue!
__________________
ccasey3655 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-28-2011, 08:43 PM   #9
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 5
OS: Windows 7



Well, that was the fix!!! I went down to my local hardware store and bought some stock key. The Sears order is still not even here yet. Thank you so much for your insight!!! Saved me from having to bring it someone and looking like a FOOL!!!!!

__________________
ccasey3655 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Craftsman riding mower
craftsman riding lawn mower blade will not disengage ?
Buckeye509 Small Engines 1 09-10-2011 03:56 PM
Tuneup my myrrh rear engine mower
I have a murry rear engine 30" cut riding mower and I would like to time it myself. Does anyone know step by step how to proceed? It is a 10th techumse built in 1993. Thanks!
Drbob11 Small Engines 1 08-13-2011 03:30 AM
MTD Yard Machines riding mower grinding in reverse
I have a MTD Yard Machines riding mower with a 38" deck, 13hp briggs and stratton, bought 3 years ago. I don't have a large yard (0.33 acre), but there are some levels. Probably put 40 hours per year on it. Anyway, the mower developed a grinding noise just in reverse. It still moves in reverse,...
gawdzinner Small Engines 0 07-11-2011 07:18 PM
Tecumseh 12HP OHV Engine on riding mower problems
Hi, i have just been given an older craftsmen riding mower with a Tecumseh 12hp OHV engine on it. The engine starts and runs but immediately goes to high revs where ever the throttle is positioned. Im looking for a manual for this engine so if anyone knows where i could find one that would be...
beginagain Small Engines 2 07-05-2011 07:03 PM
my craftsman 26hp mower with 40 hrs on it wont start
I just bought this mower I started it tryed to put it on my truck wouldnt go had to take off the deck started it put it on the truck drove home started it drove it off the truck sharpend the blades put the deck on and started it it was running rough shut off then tried to start it wont start it has...
scottyskulls Small Engines 1 06-20-2011 10:25 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is on
Smilies are on
[IMG] code is on
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Post a Question


» Site Navigation
 > FAQ
  > 10.0.0.2


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 08:42 AM.


Copyright 2001 - 2014, Tech Support Forum

Windows 7 - Windows XP - Windows Vista - Trojan Removal - Spyware Removal - Virus Removal - Networking - Security - Top Web Hosts